T-Shirt Tote Bags

by Amy on August 29, 2011

t-shirt tote bags

The girls loved making gifts for their friends and cousins for Christmas last year and I’m starting to collect ideas for this year’s holiday crafting.

I shared Delaney’s mini clipboards last year, but I never shared Natalie’s project. She made T-shirt tote bags – adorable and practical!

We ended up buying graphic tees (kids size XL) on clearance for these bags. We also made a few smaller purse-size bags with t-shirts the girls had outgrown. Thrift store tees would work great, too!

Simple t-shirt tote steps:

1. Cut off the sleeves, leaving the shoulder seam intact.

2. Cut off the collar, creating a larger opening for the tote.

3. Turn the shirt inside out, pin the bottom closed, and sew shut. Only one straight seam to sew – perfect for beginning sewers!

4. Done!

Family Fun and Martha Stewart have pictures & instructions if you need more help.

The girls and their friends use the bags a lot and they are holding up great.

For more t-shirt tote fun, check out these projects:

Reversible T-Shirt Tote Tutorial :: she wears flowers

Easy Knit Produce Bag :: delia creates

T-Shirt Tote Bag (with binding & applique) :: Etcetorize

Are you or your kids making gifts this year? What’s on your holiday crafting list?


Tamara @ Etcetorize August 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Thanks for the shoutout! Your bags turned out great. I especially like the one with the horse on it~

Amy August 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm

My pleasure! :)

Elise @ InspirationSurrounds Creativity Abounds August 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Your daughters came up with such gorgeous, fun and practical gifts from the heart.

We plan on making some gifts this year, but we have not decided what we are going to make. I noticed that some of our main department stores are starting to put out their Christmas decorations (it seems to be getting earlier and earlier every year).

Thank you so much for including the pop up play scenes in your Playful Picks.

Amy August 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

We haven’t decided yet, either. I’m still stuck in summer mode, but I do like having lots of time for crafting so we don’t feel rushed!

kelli September 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

love it – promptly pinned!

Amy September 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Thanks, Kelli! :)

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